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Somali women demonstrate to support state
ISSUE 251
Front Page
Index
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Two Female Employees Sacked Over Islamic Dress

UK Parliamentarians Put Focus On Somaliland

Analysis: International Experts Call For Recognizing Somaliland

Somalia’s Islamists and government delegation reach agreements

New Name And New Office For Child Right Organisation

Eleven Nations Feed Somali War Build-Up - Experts

The California Wellness Foundation Announces 2006 California Peace Prize Honorees

Regional Affairs

Islamists Ban Smoking In Southern Somalia

ICRA – A New School For Orphaned And Underprivileged Girls

Kenya Wants UN To Lift Arms Ban On Somalia

Editorial
Special Report

International News

Muslim Wins Congress Seat

Somali Vote May See First Muslim In Congress

Kenyan Muslims Criticize US 'Lies' About Attacks

Poor Nations Ranked As Some Of Most Corrupt

Man Acquitted In Fake Somali Currency Case

Police Issue Two Warrants For London, Ont., Man Sought In Shooting

The Dollar's Full-System Meltdown

Nairobi Shrugs Off Terrorism Fears

VOA English Service Ambassador Cohen Talks About U.S.- Africa Relations

FEATURES & COMMENTARY

A U.S. Security Agenda In Africa – Part I

Rwandese Business Leaders are keen to invest in Somaliland

Desire For Electronic Entertainment In Africa

Why Do So Few People Vote in the U.S.?

Africa: France Increased Arms Sales And Intervention

US Plans To Scale Up Military Presence In The Horn Of Africa

Stars' Good Intentions Put Under Microscope

Somalia conflict to spread?

Food for thought

Opinions

Adopt Villages, Not Pet Children

The Illegal Incarceration Of Hawa Hussein Handule

Somaliland Must Defend Freedom, Civil Liberties, Democracy & Human Rights In The Horn Of Africa

There Will Be No Anschluss Of Somaliland Into A Greater Somalia Reich

Headscarf: A Choice For Women And A Signal For Modesty

The Threats Of The Islamists Should Not Sidetrack Somaliland


By Salad Duhul

Mogadishu, 10 November 2006 - Hundreds of Somali women took to the streets on Friday to express their support for the weak transitional government, urging the international community not to neglect the administration challenged by a powerful Islamic movement.

The peaceful rally, organised by female members of the transitional parliament, was held in Baidoa, the only city controlled by Somalia's internationally backed government.

"We call on the world to fully support the transitional government until it stands on its own feet, because that will serve the interest of women in the country," said Khadija Mohammed Diriye, a member of the Somali parliament.

She spoke to about 500 white-clad demonstrators, who were chanting "success for the government."

Seventy militiamen defected from the transitional government and joined the Council for Islamic Courts on Thursday. Islamic judge Mohamed Ibrahim Bilal said the men were sent to Mogadishu to be incorporated into the Islamic courts militia.

General Ismail Qasim Naji, chief of staff of the government army, confirmed the defection, saying the men refused to attend formal training.

Ethiopian military advisers have been training militiamen to become a new national army. Diriye said Ethiopia's assistance was welcome.

"We thank neighbouring countries for the support they render to our government, especially we thank Ethiopia," she said.

"The world has to heed our call and not turn a blind eye to our suffering," said Qamar Adan Ali, chairman of the Human Rights Commission of the Somali parliament.

One of the top leaders in the Islamic courts, Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed, told local radio station HornAfrik early Friday that the United States mistakenly thinks the Islamic courts harbour terrorists. The Islamic courts have demanded that Ethiopia troops leave the country before they will participate in peace talks and Ahmed said the US could help the peace process.

The United States "can pressure the Ethiopian government to stop its interference in Somalia's affairs. This could pave the way for success in the ... peace talks," he said. –

 

Source: Sapa-AP


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